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analysts find little to cheer about. why aren't there more jobs out there? two sisters, once serving life sentences, are enjoying their first full day of freedom. 3-d tv like you've never seen before. be careful what you sign twitter. how courtney love's tweets are leading to a defamation trial. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc saturday. we start this hour with the new jobs numbers for december. 9.4% of americans are unemployed down from 9.8% in november. that's the lowest unemployment rate since may of '09 and the biggest drop since april of 1998. part of the reason the unemployment rate dropped so quickly is a quarter of a million people gave up altogether looking up for work. private employers added only 103,000 jobs. there are 7.2 million fewer jobs out there right now than when
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the recession began. >> we're 18 months into the recovery. people are waiting for when will we see a big job creation number that suggests that job creation engine has turned on? coming out of a deep recession, nobody really believes that the recovery's for real or that we're really out of the woods. new this morning, president obama is focusing on the promising signs from the new jobs report while reporting that there is still work to be done. the president points out the private sector has added jobs for 12 straight months. he says the job growth is part of an upward trend. mike viqueira is live at the white house for us. good saturday morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> sounds like the administration is feeling good about the numbers but they're not exactly blowing horns and throwing up confetti, right? >> it is a muddled picture, to be sure. the president is trying to accentuate the positive. in addition to all the statistics you pointed out, there are still 14.5 million people in this country who are looking for work.
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a large portion of that dramatic job, relationtively speaking a tenth up or a tenth down. that's 0.4. a significant drop in the unemployment rate. part of that because so many people have simply given up looking for work. the president is trying to take some measure of credit because of the tax policies he's instituted. not only earlier last year when he gave a tax credit to many businesses who hire unemployed workers and some of the energy efficiency tax credits and other tax credits that he has put forward. yesterday, to illustrate that, he went to a window manufacturer in suburban maryland, a company that's taken advantage of some of those tax credits. not only because of consumers who buy their product get a tax credit if they weatherize their homes and become more energy efficient, but this company also hired people the unemployment rolls. he's also emphasizing from a plit canal standpoint, the compromise he made last month with republicans in extending those tax cuts for all americans including the wealthiest americans, something that angered democrats in his base to
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a certain degree but extended unemployment benefits and gave every american a payroll tax cut. the president earlier today in his weekly address -- let's hear a little more of what you played earlier, alex. >> now, we're seeing more optimistic economic forecasts for the year ahead. in part due to the package of tax cuts i signed last month. independent experts have concluded that taken together, this package of tax cuts will significantly accelerate the pace of our xhing recovery, spurring additional jobs and additional growth. >> now, talking about that politically sensitive unpolite rate, most experts inside the administration and outside the administration say even at the end of this year, even with that more robust economic growth that the president referred to, the unemployment rate will still be 9% and come election time could be 8%. republicans for their part including the newly minted majority leader in the house of representatives are hammering away at the president's health care bill, their first priority
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is repealing that. let's hear eric cantor, the majority leader of the house. >> we'll see that our actions will define us as the cut and grow majority. we're going to cut spending and cut job killing government regulations while growing the economy and private sector jobs. our next step is to fulfill our pledge to repeal the trillion dollar job killing health care law that was rammed through congress last year by the previous majority. >> and just yesterday, alex, there was a preliminary vote in the house. clearly the republican leadership has the votes to repeal the health care law in the house. the senate is another story. it's expected to die there, this initiative on the part of republicans. after all, democrats still have the majority on the other side of the capitol. >> they do, indeed. mike viqueira, thanks very much. >> okay. >> we'll ask ed shultz about the changes at the white house.
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ed will join us at the bottom of this hour. a snowstorm is moving up the east coast right now. if you're in washington, d.c., you're waking up to a wonderland this morning. new jersey will catch the brunt of this storm with snow totals raging up to six inches. let's go to bill karins for that. >> a lot of complex weather out there. i've just got a statement from our friends at the weather channel. 37 states that are under some type of winter weather advisory or winter storm warning or winter storm watch. a lot of the country dealing with winter weather today. we're going to focus in on what's happening down in southern areas of new jersey, also in delaware. dover picked up three to four inches. enough to shovel down there, probably enough for the kids to go out sleigh riding this afternoon. little tiny areas. but the focus is from philadelphia to atlantic city, new jersey. philadelphia, you had one inch yesterday. probably going to add two or three by the end of today. just a little more for the people who have to do a little work, the sanitation workers. atlantic city, new jersey, that could be the bull's-eye around
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six inches. not a lot for new york city today, maybe an inch. out on long island, you could get clipped and rhode island up through cape cod and boston, that's where we could be looking at the possibility of two to four inches. not a blockbuster storm but plenty cold. it does fall from the sky. look at that wind chill in pittsburgh right now, seven. connecticut yesterday some areas picked up to four to eight inches of connecticut was the bull's-eye for yesterday's storm. today light snow showers in many areas. connecticut you'll be dry. around the rest of the country, brutally cold from minneapolis to chicago. what gets interesting is what happens tomorrow. not a misprint, 36 in dallas with rain changing over to snow. that's the beginning of a winter wonderland for areas of the deep south. we'll be talking more later this hour about a blockbuster southern snow storm and pretty rare. only get maybe one a wint are and this looks like the one for areas like atlanta all the way down through shreveport and
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jackson, mississippi. other areas of alabama, too. >> i'm sure they'll appreciate the heads-up on that. an anti-american cleric returned to iraq after self-imposed exile in iran. muqtada al sadr urged followers to continue resisting the occupation of iraq. he called on iraqis to reject america and said that u.s., britain and israel are common enemies of iraq. al sadr's support was crucial in gibbing nuri al maliki a second term. he called on the government to make sure that u.s. forces leave iraq by the end of 2011 as planned. a cache of explosives buried in a field caused evacuations in washington state. the bomb squad safely removed four bombs, a stick o dynamite and a stash of ammunition all buried near several houses. authorities believe the man with that cache was shot and killed two years ago. divers have discovered the
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remains of the "uss revenge." a ship commanded by oliver hazard perry that went down in 1911. it will include mostly metal objects like cannons and an anchor. coincidentally tomorrow is the wreck's 200th anniversary. two mississippi sisters once sentenced to life in prison are free this morning. they were reunited with their family after spending 16 years behind bars, but the condition of their release is unusual. one sister must donate one o her kidneys to her ailing sibling. we're joined outside the family's home in pensacola, florida. another good morning. it's been what, 24 hours or so now. how are the sisters enjoying their freedom? >> reporter: they're enjoying it with their family, which is something they couldn't say 24 hours ago. it's been a whirlwind 24 hours for the sisters. they left the mississippi prison yesterday, drove away saying we're free, we're free. one of their first stops was
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gloria's kitchen which is a local restaurant in jackson, mississippi. that restaurant and its patrons have been longtime supporters of the sisters who they say were punished for an armed robbery that yielded just $11. they say it was unfair because the sisters were sentenced to life when the other three men who were involved in the robbery were sentenced to eight years in prison, served two years and got out early. now, the interesting thing and the unique aspect of the release was the terms of their release was for the kidney donation. initially governor haley barbour said that it was his idea that the sisters were released on the condition that gladys would donate a kidney to her sick sister jamie, but it was gladys who says it was her idea. >> when she first -- when they first told her that she had the kidney failure, jamie didn't want to go on. she wanted to give up.
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she was ready to go home to god. i told her, no, we were going to fight to get our name cleared and then me and her would walk out of here with one kidney apiece. >> reporter: it's unclear when the testing for the kidney transplant, the kidney donation will take place. it's unclear if the sisters are going to be a match and who is actually going to pay for the procedure. so there's a lot of unknowns. the sisters will be on probation for the rest of their lives. one shining thing for them, they say, is that they'll face all with their families. she was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her wealthy banker husband. her story inspired books and a movie, but she may be getting a new chance at freedom. plus six ways to save on travel plans. in ideas you might not have considered. what's in the water? the government says too much of a good thing and it's affecting our children. [ male announcer ] 100 crisps in every can.
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a spokesman for bob dole says he's been admitted to the hospital. no additional details have been released, though. the 87-year-old spent ten months at walter reed last year. he suffered three bouts of pneumonia following knee surgery last february. republicans are flexing new muscle in congress with dozens of tea party members taking their seats on capitol hill. but one top democrat is warning those newcomers not to get too
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comfortable. >> tea party was born because of the economy. the economy is probably the worst it's ever been except for maybe the great depression. the tea party will disappear as soon as the economy gets better, and the economy's getting better all the time. >> that was, of course, senate majority leader harry reid, part of an exclusive interview with david gregory for "meet the press." we'll get reaction from those two. pat buchanan, and former dnc communications director karen finney. good morning to you. >> i don't know if your ears will be ringing later, because we'll talk to you about something later. pat, what do you make about what senator reid has to say? >> i think he's whistling past the graveyard. he'll lose his senate leadership in 2012 because so many democrats are up by 2-1. the tea party's here forever because i think the crisis that
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faces the country is not going to be resolved in the short term. people are talking about even the economic problem not getting back to real full employment for knive ye five years. the tea party will be here because it's rooted in a real alienation. much tedeeper than economics in the country. >> you think it's rooted in deeper than economics. >> sure. >> you don't think that if the economy stabilizes that the tea party won't lose a bit of its steam. >> i think there's no doubt about it. it's in large part driven by economics, but it's the whole idea that these folks out there are losing the country they grew up in in every way. there's no doubt if you get good times, it will diminish. but i think it's with us forever. >> karen? >> well, you know, i think we have to be careful when we say things like losing the country they grew up in. our country is undergoing massive cultural shifts. we're becoming more multicultural, more diverse. also our economy is changing. one of the things in the
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transition in this economy, if you look at the unemployment numbers, which i thought was abouting, what the president's been saying is right in terms of the kinds of investments we need to make to where the economy is going. i think on the one hand that some of the tea partiers legitimately -- there's a real movement there and they are afraid about some of these transitions but also have a real frustration that government, there was too much, you know, childish behavior going on in washington and not enough getting down to doing the business of the people. and then let's not forget, there's a whole part of the tea party movement, if you will, that's funded by the likes of dick armey and others that is not quite the same as that real grassroots frustration that people have. >> i think dick armey sort of moved out in front of what was already a grassroots movement that exploded early in 2009. but karen is right, there's a lot of concerns, as i mentioned, not economic. take the mass immigration into the country, especially illegal immigration. the arizona law. the enormous fire and energy
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around that. states all over the country are replicating the law. they're trying to do away with birth right citizenship. in more than a dozen states. all of these thing, alex, are really affecting this huge mass of americans who, as i said, are alienated from their government and from a lot of the institutions of society. >> i want to get a look at a detail, karen, and get your take here on the perceived gaffe that some of the -- a couple of republicans suffered when two members failed to show up for the swearing-in ceremony. >> we violated the constitution on our very first day. the constitution requirement for oath was violated. when mr. sessions and mr. fitzpatrick stood up in front of a television set and held their right hand up, not unlike about 2,000 of my constituents, i suspect, they were violating a very important part of these proceedings. >> is this going to be a talking point once we finish the answer here? is this anything to talk about
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or is it, you know, no? >> what's more important is not necessarily this incident but sort of it cuts to an underlying theme that we're seeing emerging within moments of republicans taking back control. you saw them already walking back on all the things they said they were going to do. they changed pego rules to cutco rules. what does that mean? funny accounting practices that say they don't have to account for things that they want to cut from the budget like if you repeal health care and what that will do in terms of lost revenue and the impact on the deficit or here you had boehner talking about transparency and debate on bills and everybody gets a chance, but oops, not the health care bill that's going to be debated next week. >> what you see here and what karen is saying and what we are saying is the simple fact that savage partisanship was not even set aside for first two days when the new congress. they're right back to the mode
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of november 1st before the election. it will be a pretty acrimonious two years coming up. we've seen the indications of that already. >> interesting. pat, i want to get your opinion about the extent to which so much of what happens in washington these days depends on the economy. because we see the unemployment rate dipping to 9.4. lowest level in a year and a half. what does this mean for president obama? if it continues like this, it's good news, right? >> the truth is the initial news looked very good. but you see now the what, 103,000 jobs. at that rate you'll never get unemployment down because population is growing. it was sort of bad news and good news, but it was not great news for president obama. i do believe this. if the unemployment rate falls below 9% and is flirting toward 8 and 7%, you get that sense that reagan had in 1984 -- and the president's very popular, quite frankly, for hard timeses in america where he's sitting at around 50%.
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that is very good. so i think the president himself is in a good position. one reason, alex, is he brushed aside the reid/pelosi wing, he got some stuff he wanted. now he has himself with bill daley in there as something of a centrist. that's the way he's being perceived, as a much more pragmatic man than the barack obama of 2009. >> do you like the president more than you like me? because are you thinking about leaving and going to -- what's up with that? >> how can i give up my saturday mornings with alex and pat? come on. >> right. my question exactly. i mean, the country could use you, but so can we. then the country gets the benefit of that, too. what's up with this? >> you know about as much as i do. we'll see how this unfolds. >> alex, alex -- >> yes, pat. >> alex, on the mclaughlin group, which on another network. >> shush, yes.
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>> elenore cliff here is here on sundays openly predicted that care been had the inside track to the job, that they want a woman and that karen is it. karen is it. >> wow. >> all right, all right. >> the inside track. >> i'm so texting you on this. we will see you next hour, that's for sure. >> a mother's questionable decision almost ends in tragedy at a strags station. you won't believe these pictures. they're sickening. we'll show you what happens. the new frontier in television. the latest breakthroughs from the consumer electronics show. ♪ ♪
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he wall is basically a virtual room. television screens on the floor, ceiling and walls act like high tech tiles. and here to take us through how this works and another eye popping gadget or two is paul hoffman who is at the consumer electronics show. he's also a "today" show contributor. >> here there are really two big stories. one is tablet, the other is 3-d. we'll show you both. this is a tablet. if there's any rap on tablets is they're kind of small for the big movies that they can hold. sharpe invented a way to flick the content to a larger screen by literally doing that. now it goes up to the screen near you. check it out. it wasn't as hard as it looks. i can take the content from that big screen and put it back on the tablet. you want to see how hard that is? watch. now, it's back on the tablet.
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hmm. 3-d, the other big story? take a look. three dimensions. how do they do it? sharpe created something called the i-triple wall. so in essence it makes it look like one giant immersive image. well three dimensions, one, two, three. they do one-eighth inch bezels. why couldn't it be smaller? because these things get hot. in this case, real 3-d, i'm falling in. back to you. >> thank you so much for that paul hochman. close call a mother's decision to take her daughter across some train tracks almost comes to a horrible end. this one is a tough one to watch.
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developing now. we have a major winter storm brewing that could mean heavy snow for the deep south. as the northeast digs out from snowfalls both today and
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yesterday, it may need to brace for a nor'easter this week. that southern storm could turn north and head right up to coast. bill karins is following it all for us. >> this will be a big deal. can you imagine if atlanta gets six inches of snow? >> wow. >> that's probably the high end of the forecast. the low end would probably be three. in the deep south, a lot of areas that don't get a lot of snow, they don't have plows, shovels, salt. they'll be dealing with this. as we look towards the whole country, we still have our messy weather going through the great lakes. that little tiny l, that little storm down there in new mexico heading for west texas, that will be the culprit for our big southern storm. that cold blast of air coming down through chicago, that's the air that will make it cold enough for the snow. dallas, some of the cold air is already arriving. look at miami. every where in the purple color is under a winter storm watch. snow, ice or sleet. that almost goes down to new orleans.
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amazingly all the way down there in southern louisiana could deal with wintry weather. we're looking at areas in little rock southward, nashville southwards and memphis. and pinpointing there possibly in atlanta. so this is kind of how i see it. the white would be the heavier stripe of snow. this is where you shovel or wait till it melts. southern areas arkansas all through the tennessee valley. southern tennessee, northern tennessee, mississippi, alabama. then the question is will this come up the coast. it looks more and more likely that will will be a coastal storm, too. back up to philly, new york city and also in the boston area. it doesn't look like a blockbuster storm like the last one, wouldn't be out of the question that we would see 6 sto 12 inches. >> it's beginning to look a lot like winter. >> once we get past new year's, i'm ready for spring. >> you're talking to this california girl, mm-hmm, same deal. you can follow the latest developments on this storm and check the weather wherever you
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are by heading to let's go to a new chapter in the so-called milkshake murder. nancy kissle was sentenced to life if prison for killing her wealthy banker husband at their hong kong apartment in 2003. her story inspired true crime books and a made for tv movie. a new trial could give her a shot at freedom. adrian wong has these details. >> reporter: hong kong, a glamorous international city with a simi underbelly. >> it is not usually that they expect wives to murder their husbands. >> reporter: but that's what allegedly happened in this apartment complex overlooking hong kong where in a storage room police found the body of robert kessel wrapped in a carpet. his wife nancy, a michigan native, was accused of drugging him with a milkshake spiked with sedatives, then bludgeoning him to death with a heavy ornament. the mother of three was charged with murder in a case that
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quickly became dubbed the milkshake murder, garnering worldwood attention and inspiring books and a made-for-tv movie. >> what have you done? >> i've made us money. >> reporter: during the trial lurid details about their marriage emerged including accusation by nancy that her husband of 14 years had been abusing her. and only a year into the proceedings, tragedy struck the family again when robert's brother andrew was found dead with multiple stab wounds in his greenwich, connecticut, home. his murder is still unsolved. nancy kissle was quiconvicted b jury six years ago and sentenced to life. but last year the final court of appeal ruled that there should be a new trial. mr. kissle killed mr. kissle, the court wrote in a unanimous decision that cited legal errors at the original trial. was the killing certainly murder or might it have been in self-defense? francis moriarty has been following the case since the
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beginning. >> the question comes back, can she get a fair trial in hong kong? >> reporter: but the new trial which is due to begin next wednesday and will last 50 days also raises another question. >> what does nancy kissel really think? what does she have to say? will we even see her at trial? she took the stand in the first trial. will she take it in the retrial? >> reporter: making this not just a potential murder, but a mystery as well. adrian wong, nbc news, hong kong. our world view this morning begins with a fire at an oil facility in alberta, canada. three workers were sent to the hospital. all reported to be in stable condition. a dioxin contaminates animal feed. it is linked to cancer in humans. south korea and slovakia banned
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some items imported from germany. a mother was leading a little girl across the tracks to avoid paying for a ticket. she lowered the little girl on to the tracks, suddenly the train appears. okay, ready, the train could not not in time. fortunately the little girl had tucked herself into a small space under the platform. she was okay. but those pictures kind of make you sick. while millions of americans continue to look for work, some sectors of the population are feeling the brunt of this recession more than others. the recession is for african-americans with the most jobless numbers, some reaching as high as 14.8% last month. hispanics and latinos hit hard with a 13% rate in december. joining me now is vera gibbons. >> good morning. >> unemployment data, as you were doing the interpreting of all this, what's the takeaway? >> everyone was waiting for the light switch to go on, looking for the blockbuster number, looking for signs that the economy is really turning around with great gusto. obviously we didn't get that.
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the economy added 103,000. people were expecting a couple hundred thousand. we're a long ways away from that. we did see a positive upward movement. the unemployment rate did drop down to 9.4%. we're seeing other signs that the labor market perhaps is improving. there are more job listings, more job postings, fewer people are moonlighting, they're finding a little bit of work. that bodes well at least for 2011. >> so getting back to normal employment levels, though? >> that's a ways off. >> we're talking hundreds of thousands of jobs, almost on a monthly basis. >> we lost 8.5 million jobs since the recession started back in december 2007. so many of these jobs are just not coming back. we really need to see several hundred thousand jobs created every single month. you know, we only got 1.1 million for the entire year in 2010. so you know, fed chief ben bernanke spoke to this effect just yesterday saying that he does thing the recovery is on
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track, things are moving along. he anticipates the recovery moving forward. but it will be a long road back. four to five years to reach sort of a normal rate, historically normal rate of about 6%. >> interesting one area that remains high in terms of employment, health services industry, health care. >> health care, education, government jobs, those are happening and, of course, people are finding short-term part-time work as contract workers. that bodes well. temporary workers are up. those are signs that things are potentially turning the corner. a very long road back. patience. >> another place to look for professional services, building resumes. >> and helping people build websites. people are starting their own companies. they've given up looking and they're launching companies built around their passions. >> that's a good thing. vera gibbons, thanks so much. it's defined the start of the new congress. a vote could come on a republican bill to -- in dueling
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messages both this morning, both sides took aim at the issue. >> our next step is to fulfill our pledge to repeal the trillion dollar job-killing health care law that was rammed through congress last year by the previous majority. despite the public outcry against it. >> what we can't do is engage in the kinds of symbolic battles that so often consume washington while the rest of america waits for us to solve problems. look who's here. ed shultz. host of the ed show right here on msnbc. thanks for getting up early on a saturday. >> i slept till 8:00. that's late. >> compared to what i do, that's for sure. this vote is largely seen as symbolic. this repeal, that won't go anywhere in the senate. what is the point of all this? >> they want to put the democrats on the defensive. they want to set up 2012. they want to pass this in the house, then come back. watch harry reid let it sit there on the floor with no action. the president will never take
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any action to repeal this bill. then the republicans will go ut on the campaign trail saying we voted to repeal it, but those obstructionist democrats got in the way. they wouldn't let us fix health care. the republicans want to get rid of this bill because, as your last interview just said, very clearly, this will add jobs in health care sector. no question about it. in fact, it will add 4 million jobs over the next four years. and the republicans do not want that to have happen on obama's watch. >> now, do you think that message is not getting out. because if you look at some numbers in the recent gallup poll, snapshot recently taken, 46% of americans want congress to repeal this law. 40% want the representatives to let it stand as is, 14% no opinion. it is hard to believe one would have no opinion on this. does this present a problem for the white house? the selling of the message? >> i think the white house is way behind the curve on this. it's very unusual in the legislative process that you have to come back and defend something that you've already passed.
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>> right. >> this is new territory. but the bullet point culture and the constant messaging by the republicans has put the democrats on the offensive. but that doesn't mean it's right. we're divided in a lot of things in this country. 14% undecided, that's a lot of people not affected by this bill. but the human element is do the republicans really want the take away from middle class families? and this is going to hurt small businesses if they repeal it. i know, i'm a small business owner. employees who make under $90,000 a year are going to be getting a subsidy from the government to help pay for their health insurance which is going to bring more people into the fold, which is going to reduce costs over the next 10 and 20 years. this is the point the white house is missing. they have to go out and sell the fact that the cbo has credibility, that the congressional budget office is spot-on. in the meantime, the republicans are vilifying the very vehicle that they have used in the past to pass legislation. >> i want to bring up the cbo deemed as an independent operative. >> yes. >> let's talk about the
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independent voters out there, because those polled in the survey, ed, say more of them are skewing towards the gop mentality. what does that say about the general mentality out there? and does that pose a problem as well? >> you can't deny the fact that the republicans have the majority in the house. but they don't have the majority in the senate. and we just can't change the rules because eric cantor and john boehner have got some power right now. the fact is that the american people are divided on a lot of stuff. but that doesn't mean we have to wipe away the progress that we've made to help families in this country. this is going to reduce costs and it's going to gain jobs in job market. it's going to happen, it has happened on president obama's watch and the republicans are trying to take that away from them because they're all about power. they want that white house back. >> it is all about the economy in washington right now? and if so, what does that mean for john boehner? >> i found it interesting yesterday that the president came out, was very upbeat, was very confident. he's got a ledger of numbers right now over the last year that are more than trending, in
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my opinion, in the right direction. we are definitely headed in the right direction. but the white house knows that what they're doing is correct for the economy. the numbers are shifting. now, the recovery obviously for african-americans is tougher. this is not a labor recovery right now. this is a paper shuffling service industry recovery. we're not seeing the big labor gains that we need to see, but we're seeing more people get jobs. it is about the economy. the president has set the table. he's given the conservatives absolutely everything they want when it comes to tax cuts, when it comes to business incentives and now it is starting to book a little bit more. they won't give him any credit on that. >> just to throw another angle in the mix. we look at the numbers with the african-americans and the latino hispanic group has having a higher number of unemployeds compared to the educated white community, emphasis on educated therep about i don't know if you can afford a college education any more. will it absolutely pay off for you? does this kind of dispute that now? clearly those with better educations are getting the jobs. >> well, there's no question
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that education is the future of our country. it has been for generations. and all of a sudden we've got this attack on public education as if there's never been any good products in public education in the work force. >> my kids are doing well, thanks. >> it's an easy cut for people in power. if you got to find money, you can go cut money in education. but the long-term effect is terrible for the country and it's going to hurt the workforce. we're falling behind in a lot of different areas in this country internationally because we don't have the right focus. we're focused on too much money and giving too many breaks to the top 2%. the fact that the governor of new jersey gave a tax break to people over $400,000 a year, then turned on state employees and teachers, i just find that incorrigible. eventually it will catch up with him. and the fact is that we're in an ideological struggle in this country and what we're going to do with our finances and what our priority list is. >> we have that highlights that for us every week.
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flights are cheapest typically on tuesdays. >> right. when airlines do offer sales, most put it on sale by a monday. by tuesday, the airlines that compete with those same carriers on the same route, they've matched those deals. you have the most options for the lowest fare. >> how about when the price drops after you bought your ticket? what can you do about that? >> that's the worst, yeah. you can ask for a refund of the difference in the fare. many airlines will actually refund you minus a change fee for that service. so what you do is go to because they are calculate the difference in the price and sense you an e-mail or tweet. >> what about the places online that you can go and find great deals? >> one of the places you should go now is private sales at and you is to become a member but you can easily overcome that by
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searching on the internet and invite and usually get in. and luxury hotels at a discount from 20% to 60% off. >> get out! >> yeah. >> that is great right there. even if you find a great flight, you can get killed on parking. >> right. everyone forgets about parking. you know, that's the last thing that you plan for. so is a place you can plug in your airline and tell you the best, cheapest ratesed a off airport locations right near the airport. so newark, for instance, i plugged in and it showed the renaissance hotel which offered $12 a day for a recent search that i did. >> that's a really good rate. when you talk about traveling, you got the holidays. that's where you pay the highest for that. but how much can you save if you book a trip, say, a week later? >> that's one of the best times to travel because everyone has gone home. >> so right now is a good time. >> right now is a great time to travel. was offering a five-day ski trip package for about $2,000 a person.
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the week after the holidays it drop to $1,000 a person. so you cut your costs in half. >> what about hotels? >> i would just negotiate with the hotel. so everyone goes online and expects to find the best deal and oftentimes you'll find a really good rate, but don't forget to pick up the phone and call or even at the front desk ask do you have a better rate? because sometimes if you negotiate you can bring the price down. >> such great advice considering that i love to travel. a lot of folks out there do, too, so i hope you were taking notes. the federal government is recommending limits for fluoride in water. some children may be getting tooth damage from too much of it. fluoride is added to the water in most communities because it can prevent and repair tooth decay. ♪ ♪ ♪
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a major legal battle involving twitter. a celebrity known for her outrageous behavior is now being sued for comments she posted on her twitter account. a texas-based fashion designer is suing courtney love after she
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tweeted that the designer was a, quote, drug-pushing prostitute. during a dispute over payment for clothes apparently. it is seen to test what people can say on the social networking sites. and good morning. we're all putting stuff out there on facebook, twitter, whatever it's going to be. >> blabbing, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. >> that's right. the designer is asking for unspecified damages. does what courtney love said have anything to do with her ability to produce effectively and make a living being a designer? >> i think this case turns on this. first of all, if you read some of the tweets that are in the complaint, they're so incoherent, it appears as though courtney love tweeted with her toes. you can barely understand them. >> maybe with her tongue. >> yeah, right. but here's where she crossed the
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line. you can say, you can speak your opinion, you can even say nasty things about somebody and put that in writing and the first amendment will protect you. when courtney love put things in her tweets like calling this person a nasty lying hosebag and evil cretin, that's okay. where courtney love crossed the line is where she called her a felon, thief, blackmailer, prostitute. >> it's factually correct words or whatever. >> you can't accuse somebody of being a criminal because that's defamation. >> or a whore, prostitute. >> -- in that instance. that's where courtney gets tripped up here. >> now, this designer is saying, that it will cost her millions in her career. >> oh, my god, are you kidding me? we're on tv talking about her. she's going to make millions just from this advertising alone. >> but the way so it looks at things or from a legal standpoint that she's got -- she is losing money. >> now you're talking about two things. hollywood and the legal system. two very different things.
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she has a great case. and she has a great case because she was called a thief and a prostitute. the damages issue, she doesn't have to prove a lot in damages. but we get an expert, put them up there and say from the time she said this, she lost millions in revenue and her revenues went down. and that is correlated or connected to those statements. >> hard to prove. >> it's hard to prove but, you know, it's hollywood. she'll make more money off the advertising which is not the real world. but you have to prove three main things. prove that it was false. i had testimony a few months ago with a secretary who actually said, admitted to being a call girl. this is somebody who was supposed to be proper. so one of the defenses is it true, is there any truth to this? maybe she was a call girl, maybe she wasn't. but she wouldn't bring a lawsuit if the statements were, in fact, false. >> we've got to go. see, we're doing it. still ahead, the desperate search for a missing teen.
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we'll see the details straight ahead. what does it mean for the economy.
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